Universal Channel Lands Hulu’s Hugh Laurie Thriller ‘Chance’

Universal Channel has landed the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to Chance, the Hugh Laurie (House) fronted psychological thriller which airs state-side on streaming service Hulu, TVWise has learned.

Based on the novel of the same name by Kem Nunn, Chance is described as a provocative, psychological thriller that focuses on Dr. Eldon Chance (Hugh Laurie), a San Francisco-based forensic neuropsychiatrist who reluctantly gets sucked into a violent and dangerous world of mistaken identity, police corruption and mental illness.

The drama series was developed for television by Nunn and Alexandra Cunningham and is produced for Hulu by Fox 21 Television Studios. In addition to Hugh Laurie the cast also include Gretchen Mol (Boardwalk Empire), LisaGay Hamilton (The Practice), Paul Adelstein (Scandal), Ethan Suplee (My Name Is Earl) and Stefania LaVie Owen (The Carrie Diaries). The executive producers are Alexandra Cunningham, Kem Nunn, Lenny Abrahamson, Michael London, Hugh Laurie and Brian Grazer. Hulu has already renewed Chance for a second season.

This marks the second major acquisition for Universal Channel in the last month, after they previously picked up the latest entry in Dick Wold’s Chicago franchise, Chicago Justice. The deal for Chance was struck with international distributor Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution by Universal’s parent company NBCUniversal International Networks, who also picked up the show for their channels in France, Germany, Spain and Poland. The agreement between NBCU and Fox covers both seasons one and two.